As I write this, I know I should be sleeping, it is midnight but I am too exhilarated… brought in by some virtuous wind Chinook hit the beaches here throughout Nushagak Bay yesterday, lighting up nets and beginning to meet people’s subsistence needs here in Bristol Bay.
Everyone is beginning the filling of smokehouses, diligently picking nets, filleting, and sharing the first true joy of summer!
We are lucky enough to have good friends who know, getting the boat ready has been a wholly consuming feat for us this spring and we just haven’t had time to set a net yet. Sharing is an essential way of life here in rural Alaska and true to that form they brought us these two beauties; 30-40 lbs, full of roe!
I have them filleted, in the fridge ready to vacuum seal, freezer bound. After I get some sleep of course; with all the roe set aside to make Ikura.
So many things to be thankful for lately, I am feeling pretty blessed!